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Matt Harvey started for the Mets and he was absolutely brilliant, retiring the first 20 batters he faced before allowing an infield hit to Alex Rios with two outs in the seventh inning.
Harvey retired the next seven batters he faced and struck out a career-high 12 batters over nine innings.
Mike Baxter drove home the winning run with a pinch-hit, RBI single in the tenth inning – Baxter is now 4-for-8 as a pinch hitter this season.
The Mets scattered four hits over seven innings against Hector Santiago – the Mets are now hitting .229 (88-for-384) against left-handed pitching this season.
Mets pitching faced 31 batters, and retired 30 of them over ten innings tonight.
Tonight was the second extra-inning one-hitter in Mets history.
Terry Collins told reporters after that game that, despite pounding the strike zone like he did, despite how impressive he was, despite his command, Matt Harvey was never going to pitch the 10th inning.
For a full recap and box score, check out SNY.TV.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Harvey is a bull. I’m running out of ways to say how much I love watching this guy pitch. He never gets rattled. It’s remarkable. I’m so thankful he’s on the Mets. His fastball is so strong, and he uses it so well, letting him use his secondary pitches in strategic spots. He literally got hitters to shake their heads, frustrated, walking back to the dugout. He’s a joy to watch, and tonight was the best we’ve seen. There is nothing else to say at this point… His perfect game was broken up by a infield hit that was snagged by Ruben Tejada, who made a terrific, leaping throw from the hole, but it was a hair too late…
Michael Baron, Contributor
That was easily one of the best regular season games ever thrown by a Met starting pitcher.
Harvey was ridiculous tonight. He was in complete command right from the beginning, and flat out dominated the White Sox for nine innings. I mean, they weren’t even close – Harvey only missed his perfect game on an infield hit to Rios in the seventh. If that ball was hit a tad more up the middle (if he had a little bit more luck tonight), it’s conceivable Harvey could have retired everyone he faced.
Of course, the Mets didn’t exactly support him at the plate, and so he doesn’t have a win to show for this epic performance. No matter, it’s amazing how amazingly good Harvey is right now, no-hitter or not, perfect game or not. What a story Harvey is right now – I am really glad he’s on our side…
The Mets just had to win today. They can’t lose a game when Harvey is nearly perfect. Thankfully, the Mets finally pushed across a run thanks to Baxter’s game winning RBI. He is so valuable off the bench, especially in a pinch-hit role.
W.B. Mason Post Game Extra
The Mets finish up their two-game series against the White Sox tomorrow night at Citi Field, with Jeremy Hefner facing Jake Peavy at 7:10 pm.